The summer heat is on its way, and your kiddos are going to want to get WET! Madison offers several family-friendly spots for water play–in fact, as I was doing research for this post, I was surprised to see just how many local hot (cool??) spots there are! And the best part? Most of them either very inexpensive or completely free! Most local splash pads, pools, and beaches open Memorial Day weekend or soon after, so the time to start mapping out your summer bucket list is NOW!
LOCAL SPLASH PADS
LOCAL PUBLIC POOLS & AQUATIC CENTERS
When you think of Madison, you might not immediately think “BEACHES!” But we actually have several beautiful lakeshore spots in the area, perfect for sandcastle-building and “real water” swimming!
Madison offers 4 regional beaches and 6 neighborhood beaches, all of which are staffed by lifeguards during certain hours in the summer. Generally, lifeguards are on duty from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, mid-June through the end of August, but please check the beach website for any changes to that schedule.
Oh, and of course, all of our beaches are completely FREE!
Vilas Park Beach, 702 S. Randall St. (next to the zoo)
Olbrich Beach, 3527 Atwood Ave.
Tenney Beach, 1414 E. Johnson St.
B.B. Clarke Beach, 835 Spaight St. (just off Williamson Street)
- Bernies Beach, 901 Gilson St.
- Esther Beach, 2802 Waunona Way
- James Madison Park Beach, 614 E. Gorham St.
- Olin Park Beach, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
- Spring Harbor Beach, 1918 Norman Way
- Warner Park Beach, 1101 Woodward Dr.
You can find all the details on Madison beaches HERE!
P.S. What about waterparks?? When we Madisonians hear that word, many of us automatically think of Wisconsin Dells. But don’t forget that there’s an awesome outdoor waterpark right here in Dane County – check out Dolphin’s Cove! (At the Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie.)